Fox News continues to crush rivals CNN, MSNBC in ratings

Fox News just crushed two of its biggest competitors in the ratings yet again.

CNN and MSNBC lagged behind Fox in last week’s ratings, the conservative network reported Wednesday. Fox averaged 1.5 million in total day viewership between Nov. 29 and Dec. 5, making it the most highly rated channel on basic cable for the 42nd straight week.

By contrast, MSNBC managed to attract around 704,000 viewers, while CNN brought in a comparatively paltry 524,000, Fox reported.

Hannity draws millions

Fox News, for its part, was particularly successful among viewers between the ages of 25 and 54, a demographic that advertisers are particularly eager to reach.

Fox averaged some 245,000 viewers in that targeted age bracket; the decidedly left-leaning MSNBC and CNN only brought in 80,000 and 111,000, respectively.

It’s the 16th week in a row that Fox has bested MSNBC and CNN combined in both primetime and total day viewership.

Fox’s star evening hosts racked up even more impressive results on their own, with 2.9 million people tuning in to watch Sean Hannity. That’s almost four times as many viewers who watched CNN during its 9 p.m. ET time slot, Fox said.

Tucker Carlson had an even bigger impact; his 3.5 million viewers made him the No. 1 draw in all of cable news. Just behind him came Fox News’ The Five with an average of 3.4 million viewers, the network reported.

Shake-up at CNN

The poor ratings for CNN came the same week that the network suspended and later fired its longtime primetime anchor, Chris Cuomo, following revelations about his efforts to aid his brother, disgraced former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D), weather a sexual misconduct scandal.

According to Fox News, fellow CNN host Brian Stelter revealed last Saturday that his colleague Chris Cuomo “violated journalistic ethics and norms not once or twice, but many times” and “was causing so many headaches for the network.”

“I do think, you know, this is a moment where journalistic ethics are at play,” Stelter, clearly missing the irony of his statement, told CNN’s chief domestic correspondent Jim Acosta. “I know there were many CNN staffers very unhappy with the situation, very frustrated by Chris Cuomo.”

The Cuomo situation certainly isn’t helping the outlet as a growing number of Americans report distrusting the mainstream media. For now, however, it appears Fox News is managing to buck that trend.

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